Facebook's new dating app allows users to choose from five different genders

Facebook's new dating app allows users to choose from five different genders

Facebook's new dating app allows users to choose from five different genders

"I can't go past the signup screen because they are not activating all non-employee Dating profiles because, well, it's 'pre-launch'".

While this internal testing of the app by Facebook among its employees promises a high probability of it getting released, it should be noted that many apps haven't been released even after testing.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to move into the lucrative dating market earlier this year. Dogfooding this product is completely voluntary and has no impact on your environment. Facebook has also confirmed that the feature is being tested within the main Facebook app. The company has come under considerable fire over its handling of user data and privacy issues, and it will need to walk a fine line as it launches Facebook Dating to avoid the inevitable privacy concerns.

"This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships - not just for hookups", the chief executive said, although it isn't clear how Facebook intends to achieve this. Three months later, images of the service, which many compared to Tinder, has surfaced online.

A feature called "unlocking" will let any user of Facebook's dating platform make his or her profile visible to other attendees of events or members of groups. "Your friends aren't going to see your profile, and you're only going to be suggested to people who are not your friends", he added.

The app, which is now being tested internally by Facebook workers, allows users to specify if they want to match with people with mutual friends and choose from five genders: "trans woman", "woman", "trans man", "man" and "non-binary people".

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